Reading: Psalms 69-71
Click on the link for the reading to read the Psalms for this week. As we read, let us not do so in haste. Take time to read each Psalm at least three times: once to understand the content, once as a poem or song to feel the meaning, and once as a prayer to appropriate the Psalm into your life. There will often be a hymn attached at the bottom of the page that helps bring meaning to one of the Psalms for the week.
PSALM 69: For Your Sake, I Have Borne Reproach
Psalm 69 was used repeatedly in the New Testament for Christological and theological purposes. It furnished a context for reflection on Jesus’ rejection by his own people (John 15:25), on his motive in driving traders from the temple (John 3:17), on the bitter treatment he was given instead of pity at the time of his death (Matt. 27:34, Mark 15:23, Luke 23:36, John 19:19-30). And on the meaning of his suffering (Rom. 15:3). Paulo found in the psalm a clue to the hardening of those in Israel who rejected Jesus (Rom. 11:9-10).
We can reflect on God’s intimate, incarnational involvement with the lowly and the oppressed as we read the psalm.
PSALM 70: Make Haste to Help Me
Psalm 70 is read during Holy Week as the prayer of Jesus in his passion and of the church in its neediness. The “Aha, Aha” in verse 3 recalls the mocking words that onlookers directed to the crucified Jesus (Mark 15:39)
PSALM 71: I Will Hope Continually
Psalm 71 has three sets of petition followed by trust and praise (verses 1-8, 9-17, 18-24). Without minimizing the reality of distress and opposition, the psalmist displays pervasive faith and hope and persistent praise. Although having grown old, the psalmist expects new things; indeed, the psalmist is intent on proclaiming God’s deeds to “generations to come.” All who belong to God are called to praise God continually in joyful gratitude for God’s faithfulness and righteousness, to witness to all the generations to come that ultimately nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God” (Rom. 8:39).
This is the Psalm in hymn form. Read or sing it through with melody to give the Psalm another dimension.
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